Her Contact Lens Went Missing. When Doctors Looked Behind Her Eyelids 28 Years After, They Were Left Speechless
A woman from Dundee, Scotland, who thought her contact lens had gone missing when she was hit in the eye with a shuttlecock 28 years ago recently found out that it had actually been lurking somewhere in her eyelid all this while.
The 42-year-old woman had visited her doctor to have her left upper eyelid examined, after it had become swollen and drooping about six months ago.
She was then referred to eye specialists Sirjhun Patel, Lai-Ling Tan, and Helen Murgatroyd at Ninewells Hospital & Medical School, who ran a number of tests on what they thought was nothing more than an ordinary cyst
An MRI confirmed a 6 millimeter wide cyst, so they went ahead to perform an unscheduled surgery to remove it. However, once they cut into the area, the cyst ruptured revealing a foreign object. It appeared to be extremely fragile so the doctors had to be very careful removing it. After carefully inspecting the object, doctors confirmed that it was an RGP (Rigid Gas Permeable) lens.
“During excisional surgery, an encapsulated cyst was found within the soft tissue superior to the superior fornix,” the doctors wrote in a paper published in the medical journal BMJ. “There were no signs to suggest previous injury to the eyelid or tarsus. On removal, the cyst ruptured and a hard contact lens was extracted. The foreign body was extremely fragile on removal and handling. It was later confirmed that this was an RGP lens.”
The woman insisted that she hadn’t worn that type of contact lens for decades, and had no idea how it could have gotten into her eye. However, during questioning, the woman’s mother remembered that she had been an avid badminton player as a teenager and had once been hit by a shuttlecock in her left eye.
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